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ARSIS – Social Organisation for the Support of the Youth (non-profit, abbreviation ARSIS) has

been operating in Albania since January 2006. ARSIS has earned a solid reputation for

delivering quality programs for children in vulnerable situations, disadvantaged youth,

marginalised women and families by establishing strong and influential relationships with

government bodies and civil society organisations.

ARSIS operates a social drop-in daily centre in Tirana. The programmes of ARSIS are client-oriented, tailored to ensure access to basic services, social inclusion and sustainable solutions for those who need it at most. Since September 2011 within the premises of ARSIS’ centre are set two rooms that provide transitory accommodation and related services to children, youth and mothers assessed to be exposed to immediate harmful situations; this remains the only transitory accommodation of its kind in Albania.
Over the years ARSIS has consolidated its profile on programmes related to:
education from the pre-school to tertiary level as well as the vocational training
strengthening child protection system with a cross-sector and multidisciplinary approach
youth empowerment including coaching for employment intertwined with psycho-social support
supporting vulnerable families by strengthening women through employment programmes, civic awareness and health care.

Each child, young person, woman and family in Albania and beyond attains the right to protection, development and participation.

To promote the rights, to provide services and sustainable solutions for children, youth and families in vulnerable situations as well as for the marginalised Roma/Egyptian communities and other social groups in Albania.

By the end of 2020 will increasingly become a leading CSO in Albania and beyond on:
child protection issues,
youth development programs,
emergency responses to persons in vulnerable situations,
and education issues.

Multi-disciplinary services in the social daily drop-in facility, 8am–5pm, Monday – Friday;
Provision of emergency responses, availability 24 hours/day, 365 days/year:
Emergency transitory accommodation up to 72 hours and related services to children, youth and mothers assessed to be exposed to immediate risks;
Psycho-social services in six Police Stations of Tirana for children in contact with the law;
Carry out the “Analysis of children in street situation at national level in Albania” 2013-2014;
Key implementing body of the National Action Plan in Support of Children in Street Situation, March 2014 – ongoing;

Association Margina is a non-partisan, non-profit and non-governmental organization, which supports the realization of human rights and reduction of the level of social exclusion, prevention of HIV/AIDS in population of people who use drugs and other marginalized groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.

Margina was created in 2003 in Zenica as the product of a group of people gathering around a common vision, and the need for each individual from marginalized groups of society in BiH to get a medical and a social care. An increasing number of people who inject drugs and the growth of the epidemic of AIDS and other blood and sexually transmitted infections in BiH, resulted in the opening of the first drop-in center in Bosnia and Herzegovina (services for harm reduction) in Zenica. In 2003, the drop-in center has become the only center in Zenica, which in addition to sterile needles and syringes, provides its clients with a social assistance, referral to anonymous testing for HIV and HCV, referral to detox or substitution treatment, referral to a therapeutic commune, work with families of people who use drugs etc. Since the end of 2005, the Association Margina runs the Center for Education and Research, which refers to the methodology of work with hard to reach populations, based on the principles and practices of harm reduction.

Activities of the organization are divided within the following programs:
• Services for harm reduction of drug use
• Services intended for sex workers
• Services for post-penal acceptance of drug users
• Center for Education and Research
• Advocacy Program

Each individual belonging to a marginalized group of the society in Bosnia and Herzegovina is medically and socially cared for.

Association Margina is a non-political, non profit and non governemntal organization. It supports exercising of human rights, reduction of the level of social exclusion and prevention of HIV/AIDS among drug dependents and other marginalized groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the region.

• To connect its members mutually and with other associations, organizations and foundations in the region carrying out the same or similar activities;
• To organize, independently or in cooperation with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education and training in order to improve its activities;
• To publish publications beneficial for achievement of the goals of the Association;
• To cooperate with universities, institutes, professional associations and other organizations in the country and abroad carrying out the same or similar activities.

In 2006 Margina has opened Drop in centers in Tuzla, Mostar and Sarajevo as a result of the need for more services for harm reduction in BiH, and thus continued the operation of existing services from its headquarter in Zenica. In 2008, the Local volunteer service was established within the Association Margina in Tuzla. Its work progressed, and it finaly became one of the founders of the National Network of volunteer service “I Volunteer”. The Local volunteer service today has over 300 volunteers.
Margina is the only non-governmental organization that provides services for harm reduction in BiH prisons. The organization was chosen by the UNDP to be a grantee of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. A member of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, the European Network for reducing infection in prisons, AIDS Action Europe and the European Network for Harm Reduction. The Association is also a member of the working group for drafting and implementing cantonal strategies to reduce drug abuse Tuzla Canton, a member of the working group for the construction and development of strategies to reduce delinquency among young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina and member of the national expert body to develop new strategies in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the period from 2011 to 2016. Many completed projects and publications show the results that Association Margina has achieved in the field of HIV/ AIDS and work with socially excluded and marginalized people in BiH.
More information available on: www.margina.ba

HOPS – Healthy Options Project Skopje is a civil society organization that has actively implemented its programs and activities in Skopje and other cities in Republic of Macedonia, since 1997. In 1997 it introduced the first needle exchange program for prevention of HIV/AIDS among persons who use drugs and their families in Republic of Macedonia. Three years later, in 2000, it began implementing the first program for support of sex workers in Skopje.
Since then, it has successfully developed and implemented programs for reduction of drug related harm, prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, as well as programs for social inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized communities in the country.
HOPS-Healthy Options Project Skopje received the 2010 International Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights awarded by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network – www.aidslaw.ca and Human Rights Watch – www.hrw.org.

HOPS is a harm reduction pioneer organization in the Republic of Macedonia. For almost 20 years, it has been involved in the work with people who use drugs from different ethnical, social and regional backgrounds, thus understanding particularities of every group of drug users such as women, children, Roma. In addition, it has been involved in working with sex workers from different communities and their families for more than 15 years. Understanding the need for wider delivery of services for reaching wider population of the marginalized communities, we have also set a network of organizations throughout Macedonia that provide the services for these communities, continuously building their capacities and involving them in the advocacy efforts for improving the services and practices, as wel as state social and health services.
On policy level, HOPS have been actively involved in the preparation and implementation of both local and national strategies, such as: National HIV Strategy (2003-2006, 2007-2011, 2012-2016 and the following strategy 2017-2021), the National Drug Strategy (2006-2012, 2014-2020) where it successfully incorporated harm reduction principles, the National Youth Strategy (2005-2015 and 2016-2025) with specific focus on health issues, National TB Strategy 2008-2012, the Joint Memorandum of Inclusion, the Law on free legal aid, the Law on anti discrimination, and is still involved in all discussions, advocacy and lobbying in topics related to drug use and drug related policies, sex work, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, human rights and marginalized groups. As part of the advocacy efforts, strategic court litigation has become important part of the advocacy efforts in the past 8 years tackling cases of discrimination by state institutions, as well as business companies.
HOPS is also focused on strengthening the educational and research component of the organization and advocates for marginalized communities for access to health and social justice. Summer school for drug dependents has been taking place for 5 years and has been recognized as a quality curriculum by many professionals.

Society where human rights and freedoms are equally respected and all people enjoy social, health and economic welfare.

HOPS-Healthy Options Project Skopje stands for promotion, respect and protection of human rights and freedoms due to advancement of health and socioeconomic status of all people, especially people who use drugs, sex workers and other marginalized communities based on the principles of harm reduction, through equal access to services, community empowerment, capacity building, researches, analyses and advocacy. Within the organization, three programs are functional: Program for services for sex workers and persons who use drugs, Program for advocacy and Program for education, documentation and research.
In its actions, HOPS primarily conducts its activities in order to improve the status of persons who use drugs and sex workers, as well as all other marginalized groups in the society. In this context, they all are direct users or target groups in the operations of the organization.
On the other hand, HOPS also provides support for establishment and operation of other civic associations in Skopje and throughout Macedonia, which have similar mission as HOPS and which have potential to work with similar target groups. HOPS acts as a mentor and helper in the functioning of these associations and in their better approach to users. In its efforts for advocacy, creation, modification and adoption of policies in favor of persons who use drugs and sex workers as well as other marginalized groups, HOPS cooperates with public institutions – policymakers (for example, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy), donors and international organizations that are present in Macedonia and work in the same field.

In our efforts to improve the status of marginalized communities in the previous year, we successfully implemented harm reduction activities among young people who use drugs and young sex workers which have resulted in sustaining the low HIV prevalence among these communities. We have contributed to the social inclusion of children of people who use drugs, by providing direct services (pedagogue, psychologist) and organizing social events (visiting theater, cinema, etc.)
In our advocacy efforts, our main focus are children who use drugs especially since neither treatment programs nor programs for re-socialization are provided for them in Macedonia. So far, we have raised the question among stakeholders, as well as the public (through public campaigns) becoming aware of the need and problems of the children who use drugs. Also, we provided guidelines on how to create the programs needed.

More information available on: www.hops.org.mk and https://www.facebook.com/hops.org/

Juventas (former Youth Cultural Centre – OKC Juventas) was established in 1996.
Juventas provides a direct assistance, gives support to improvement of the quality of
services, produces and advocates proposals for public policies amendments, develops
capacities of decision-makers and service providers, as well as target groups it works with.
Its main target groups are: young people in general, LGBT, prisoners, people who use
drugs, sex workers, Roma and woman in general.

Juventas has implemented more than 200 projects and has ISO 9001:2016 Certificate for
Quality Management.

Juventas provides direct services for at least 1200 people from most at-risk populations on
annual basis.

Juventas (former Youth Cultural Centre – OKC Juventas) is a non-governmental
organization founded on 29 January 1996 in Podgorica. That year, a group of students
funded by the Open Society Institute of Montenegro started working on the Youth
Magazine Juventas. The goal was to create a media outlet which deals with ideas,
interests and concerns of young people. Juventas has emerged from the aforementioned
initiative. By 2000, the organization implemented a number of projects focused on the
impact of young people on decisions made in the country, which were relevant for their
present and future.

In 2001, Juventas focused on the topic that had so far been neglected in Montenegrin
society – sexual and reproductive health of young people. It was in 2003 that Juventas
became a member of the Republic Commission for HIV. In 2004, workshops on sexual
and  reproductive health included 10% of the total number of secondary schools classes in
Montenegro. By 2005, there was a significant change of awareness and actions of
competent institutions with regard to promotion of healthy life styles of young people, and
Juventas paid  more and more attention to the rights of categories that were recognized as
socially marginalized, and to which it had provided services so far: LGBT, prisoners,
sexual workers, persons using drugs, Roma population. As of 2006, Juventas has been
one of the main developers of projects supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria. The number of beneficiaries of the HIV spread prevention
program in 2014 amounted to about 1200. The program was implemented by July 2015. In
addition, programs have been developed for supporting the work of students
parliaments (since 2006), youth activism (since 1996), participation of young people in
decision-making (since 1996), increased mobility of young people (since 2011), social
empowerment of Roma population (since 2005), rights of LGBT people (since 2005), rights
of persons who use drugs (since 2005), access to rights and services of sexual workers
(since 2003), young people in risk of social exclusion (since 2011).

A society of social justice where all people feel safe, free and respected, participate in the
decision making processes, have equal opportunities and enjoy their human rights no
matter their differences and personal characteristics.

To improve social cohesion through provision of innovative and strengthening of existing
services for the ones in risk of social exclusion and socially excluded, together with
strengthening their capacities for active participation in the process of advocacy and public
policy development aiming to improve their quality of life.

Juventas is providing services to minors and young people in conflict with law through
cooperation with Prosecution Office and courts, as well as through different projects.
Juventas has conducted survey and policy for UNICEF Montenegro on position of young
people after leaving formal care, and is currently supporting development of safeguard
policies in institutions for formal care of children without parental care.
Since 2005, Juventas has had a very dynamic Roma program. In 2015/16, 436 Roma and
Egyptians were directly reached by workshops and info-sessions on accessing social
services, while 265 people benefited form Juventas’ workshops reaching at least 600
family members through 391 consultation contacts, where 55 RE have registered with the
National Employment Agency, and 21 RE households (157 people) have registered with
the Centre for Social Work to receive family social subsidies.

Labyrinth was founded in 2002 in Prishtina and has two sectors: prevention sector which deals with the prevention of drug abuse and infectious diseases associated to injecting drugs, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C; and treatment sector which provides psycho-medical treatment for people addicted to drugs. There are three multidisciplinary centres functioning under the umbrella of NGO Labyrinth: Labyrinth Centre in Prishtina and its branches in Gjilan and Prizren.

Association Prevent was founded in 2004 through initiative of young people: students, high school students and doctors to improve the quality of life of people, especially young people at risk and marginalized populations. Since its establishment, the Association has implemented programs dedicated to the prevention of drug use and sexually transmitted infections in population of young people and programs aimed at vulnerable populations.

In order to influence especially sensitive adolescent population, Prevent established “The school for peer educators in the field of prevention of drug use”. So far, it has implemented over 30 trainings in 20 cities in the Republic of Serbia. Since its establishment, Prevent has been working with kay affected population with HIV infection. Harm Reduction program for people who inject drugs, has been implemented for the last 12 years and includes distribution of sterile equipment, condoms, counselling, education, referral for treatment and testing. Services are provided in a mobile medical unit in the field. For the last 7 years, Prevent run also a Drop in centre for people who inject drugs. In addition to the field work, the drop in centre includes services that are not provided on field – consultation with a psychologist, social worker, physician and HIV testing. People who have decided to come out of the addiction problem have a possibility to participate in the self-support group. Hence, there is a unified set of services that are implemented in the harm reduction program among people who inject drugs. For the last nine years, the Association Prevent has been conducting Harm Reduction program for sex workers. The program includes counselling, distribution of condoms, gynaecological examinations in a mobile medical unit, referral to other doctors, testing for sexually transmitted infections. In the last 5 years Prevent implements screening for tuberculosis among poor, marginalized and vulnerable populations. So far, general practice doctors, pharmacists, social workers, police officers, judges, teachers and representatives of civil society have attended Prevent’s training for professionals. Prevent published various publications on the topic of peer education, outreach work and drug use.

Pompidou Group and the Council of Europe gave Prevent Prize for innovative work in drug prevention with the active involvement of young people. The prize was awarded in Strasbourg for the game “With a game towards better health”.

Schüler Helfen Leben is the first German foundation that was founded by highschool students. It advocates for the rights and participation of children and youth. The foundation supports youth and education projects in Southeastern Europe, Jordan and Syria in the areas of anti-discrimination, youth activism and support for refugees. Once a year, Schüler Helfen Leben organizes the „Social Day“ in Germany which brings tens of thousands high school students to work for one day and donate their salary for children and youth in Southeastern Europe, Jordan and Syria and our education projects in Germany.

Schüler Helfen Leben (SHL) was founded during the Yugoslavia war in 1992 by high school students who brought relief supplies in the war region. Since 1998 SHL organizes the annual Social Day which brings more than 80,000 high school students to work for one day and donate their salary to youth and educational projects.

At SHL, the students decide themselves which projects they want to support. Currently, SHL funds 15 projects in Southeastern Europe, one project in Syria and one project in Jordan. Additionally, SHL has own projects – with local employees and young people from Germany spending their voluntary service abroad.

Stiftung Schüler Helfen Leben supports projects in Southeastern Europe and Jordan in the areas of education, youth activism, social inclusion of marginalized groups as well as peace and conflict resolution. Target groups of our projects are children and young people between 4 and 30 years of age.